Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
for the president's health care law to be part of the fiscal talks. the white house told the "huffington post" the president opposes that. joining me now from washington, nbc white house correspondent kristen welker and neil irwin. welcome to both of you. happy holiday. >> happy holidays, alex. >> kristen, politico said the negotiations are off to a rough start. what do you see as the likelihood of a deal before the end of the year? >> alex, i think they are off to a relatively rough start. president obama expected to invite congressional leaders back to the white house next week after the holiday, but it seems at this point aides are trying to hammer out the beginnings of the deal. republicans seem to be digging in their heels on the issue of taxes, saying they don't want to see the bush era tax cuts expire for the wealthiest americans. of course, that is something the democrats have been adamant about. so they're stuck on this old issue of taxes. and also stuck on the issue of entitlements. we had harry reid come out and basically say he wasn't open to reforming especially social security.
Nov 21, 2012 8:00am PST
university law professor. likely to make at least one appointment in his second term. for justices, they are in their 70s, justice ginsburg with to po tenial she could retire being she is 79 years old. who would be the key, you think, to being replaced first, though? >> yeah. so i don't think that we can go solely on the ages because the ages are only a weak proxy. marty ginsburg, justice gips burg's late husband, how frail is a justice, she can do 25 push-ups, how many can you do? she wants to stay on at least as long as her hero, justin brandeis, a few years from now. >> who would be the next logical person looking to get off the bench? >> the next person who might get off the bench, it could be scalia, kennedy. i think they'll be hanging on with their fingernails to wait out this administration. and justice breyer, of course, is 74. so you have two people who are 76 and 74 underneath that. >> appointing a justice to the supreme court has always been seen as a history-changing moment for any president to do so. but in this case, does the president care wholeheartedly about changi
Nov 23, 2012 10:00am PST
of accommodation on revenues. >> this week speaker john boehner said that the health care law should also be a part of the negotiations. he wrote this in the cincinnati enquirer. saying in part the president's health care law adds aive, expensive, q8unworkable government program at time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our an't afford it and we can't afford to leave it intact. the white house saying this is off the table, that this is a battle that has been fought and won. does the speaker's request, does it make the talks more difficult? >> no. i think what he's doing there is basically trying to throw a bone wing. you know, but there's a factual problem wi according to the cbo, if you repeal the affordable care act it adds trillion to the deficit. so if you're trying to get deficit reduction the affordable care act actually helps with deficit reduction. it doesn't hurt it. so, you know, again i think this is just posturing right now. we have so much common ground. this is the scary thing. we agree on the taxes shouldn't go up on 98% of the american p
Nov 23, 2012 8:00am PST
, and a parliament because it will be the rule of law. again, that's based on sheer faith at this point. people just aren't trustful of people in power who are given power to expect them to relinquish it after x number of weeks or months. it just has never been seen before. >> right. all right, jim maceda updating us on all that's happening in tahrir square, and elsewhere in cities like alexandra. jim, thank you so much. >>> from there we head to gaza where we find ayman mull had a dean. does it threaten to stabilize the delicate questionable cease fire that he's supposed to help oversee? >> reporter: well, in the short term, not necessarily. you will see and hear from people that would make the argument that egypt's stability in having tranquil domestic stability inside egypt is paramount for egypt to play the role that it can play in the region. when we saw in the past week egypt rise to the forefront of mediating between israel and the palestinian factions, it was because egypt at that particular point was not -- president morrissey's hand to put leverage on them. it's a political organization fr
Nov 23, 2012 11:00am PST
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Nov 22, 2012 4:00am PST
. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. ♪ open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. >>> 15,000 hostess works are out of a job on thanksgiving, a bankruptcy court judge has given the make of twinkies, wonder bread the okay to wind down business and sell off assets. 3200 employees will help find buyers, which includes drake cakes and dolly madison ice cream. hostess failed to reach a deal tuesday. >>> walmart is asking federal officials to stop union bank protests and walk-outs but any decision's not likely to come until tomorrow at the earliest. workers protesting for better pay and benefits and against opening up on thanksgiving tonight early for shopping. >>> no working on wall street today. marks closed for thanksgiving. santa helped ring the closing bell to mark the 65th anniversary of the marines toys for tots program. >>> ready, set, shop. the biggest shopping weekend of the year's about to kick off. estimated 147 million of us will take advantage of black friday weekend sales, 4% more than last year
Nov 22, 2012 7:00am PST
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Nov 23, 2012 7:00am PST
to responsibility, international law dick cates that israel occupies gaza. the question of the well-being of the individuals under the fourth geneva convention is that israel is responsible for their well-being. moving the situation forward means looking at the collective people that are living there. if we can get at the underlying content of discontent, we can figure it out. >>> up next, with juks weeks to go to the so-called fiscal cliff, can congress cook up the right deal with all the fixings? >>> plus, can economic uncert n uncertainty in d.c. score with the black friday deals. ? news. presenting androgel 1.62%. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. [ male announcer ] dosing and application sites between these products differ. women and children should avoid contact with application sites. discontinue androgel and call your doctor if you see unexpected signs of earl